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Block C - Architects

Meet some of the World’s most famous, influential and ground-breaking painters, sculptors, architects and designers. Be inspired by their work to create your own original compositions using their inspirations, styles and techniques to create your own pieces of art and design.

Meet Norman Foster, Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, three highly influential architects whose buildings and ideas about building have helped shape the world we live in. Their works will inspire your children to design their own buildings.  Learn about plans and elevations to understand and explore architectural ideas, and cover Maths, Geography and Design and Technology objectives.

This Topic is written for Lower Key Stage 2. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: Norman Foster

Discover the incredible work of Foster and explore the wide ranging buildings he has designed around the world. Identify his style and influences and create your own architectural design for a corporate building using Foster’s style and technique as an influence.

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02: Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown

Discover the buildings of Venturi and Scott-Brown and explore the buildings they designed. Learn about their approach to architectural design and create your own location-sensitive architectural design.

Block B - Sculptors

Meet some of the World’s most famous, influential and ground-breaking painters, sculptors, architects and designers. Be inspired by their work to create your own original compositions using their inspirations, styles and techniques to create your own pieces of art and design.

Meet Joan Miró and Barbara Hepworth, two world-class sculptors whose techniques will inspire and teach your children to create their own stunning works of art. They will get a feel for the three-dimensional qualities of sculpture and work in the abstract modes of these two twentieth-century icons.

Learn about the materials of sculpture and how to plan with sketches and then create dynamic artworks in the round.  You will cover Art & Design and some PSHE objectives.

This Topic is written for Lower Key Stage 2. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: Joan Miró (II)

Explore Miró’s sculptures and then plan and create your own sculpture using Miró’s style and technique of using discarded items to create forms.

There is also a session on Miró, as a painter, in Block A.

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02: Barbara Hepworth (I)

Delve into the amazing world of Hepworth’s sculpture and explore her influences and form. Link her abstract work to her local landscape and idealisms before planning and sketching ideas for your own sculpture.

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03: Barbara Hepworth (II)

Try some new sculpting techniques like those used by Hepworth. Reflect back on your own ideas and create your sculpture using Hepworth’s style and technique as an influence.

Block A - Painters

Meet some of the World’s most famous, influential and ground-breaking painters, sculptors, architects and designers. Be inspired by their work to create your own original compositions using their inspirations, styles and techniques to create your own pieces of art and design.

Meet Frida Kahlo, L. S. Lowry and Joan Miró, three world-class painters whose techniques and subject-matter will inspire and teach your children to create their own stunning artworks. Having learned about the lives and techniques of three very different artists, children will paint self-portraits, urban landscapes and abstract works under their influence.

Learn about the stages of making a painting, including developing your ideas, sketching compositions and figures, deciding what symbolism to include, and applying paint in a variety of ways (and not just with brushes!) to achieve different visual effects. You will cover Art & Design as well as PSHE objectives.

This Topic is written for Lower Key Stage 2. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: Frida Kahlo (I)

Explore the remarkable portraiture of Kahlo and identify how she reflects her own personality and feelings in her paintings. Bring your own ideas for a self-portrait together.

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02: Frida Kahlo (II)

Join a master class as you practise the techniques of portraiture and the types of brushstrokes used with oils and acrylics. Create your own self-reflecting, self-portrait masterpiece, using Kahlo’s style and technique as an influence.

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03: LS Lowry (I)

Explore the detailed paintings of Lowry and identify how society and emotion was reflected in his paintings. Identify the social interactions in your playground as you plan and sketch your own urban landscape. 

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04: LS Lowry (II)

Explore the techniques Lowry used as well as the limited colour palette he adopted to create his paintings, as you paint your own playground urban landscape using his style and technique as an influence.

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05: Joan Miró (I)

Discover the imaginative and wide-ranging work of Miró and explore the abstract nature of his painting. Identify the ways in which ideas and emotions can be represented in abstract art and experiment with some ideas of your own.

 There is a second session on Miró, as a sculptor, in Block B.

E-Safety Mini Topic - KS1

This mini-topic offers an engaging way to cover the vital subject of e-safety. Through the creation of a cyber-safety rainbow, children will understand the following key areas: the meaning of staying safe online; the importance of keeping personal information and passwords safe; the potential dangers of meeting people online; how to find safe and reliable content; who to go to for help; and how to enjoy safely the many opportunities the internet has to offer. As children collect their rainbow paints they can build their cyber-rainbow to remind them of the pleasures and pitfalls of the online world.

This Topic is written for Key Stage 1. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: Online opportunities: the wonders of the digital world

Earn your orange rainbow paint by looking at the opportunities the internet offers and how to have positive experiences online.

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02: Reliable or not: what is worth trusting online?

This time you are looking to claim your red rainbow paint - explore how some things online (people and places) are reliable and others aren’t. Learn how to identify those sites you can trust.

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03: Keeping tight hold of personal information

Can you earn your indigo rainbow paint by exploring when it is and isn’t safe to share personal information. You will also learn about passwords, why we have them, and how to keep them safe.

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04: Who can help?

Find out about getting help with the online world and how to voice your concerns. Learn about when you need to tell an adult about something and who to go to when you know something isn’t right. You can earn your green and violet rainbow paints in the process!

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05: Decisions, decisions

Explore the online world by becoming online agony aunts and uncles and by composing your very own e-safety song. Can you earn your final two colours, (yellow and blue) by spotting what to say yes to and what might be a bad idea?

Block D - Superhero Vehicles

Who are the superheroes in your life? Why are they superheroes? Are you a superhero and why? This is a topic that focuses on the hero in all of us; a fun topic that focuses on ourselves, our families, superhero animals, superhero vehicles, the people around us who help us such as teachers, doctors, religious leaders, police and fire fighters.

A chance to focus on superhero vehicles that build, move earth and transport us across different terrains. Look carefully at their features and make your own small world versions. An opportunity for some great maths: counting wheels and windows; measuring heights, widths and lengths.

The Topic Overview outlines the outcomes and objectives of the whole topic, with more specific detail, including resources lists, provided in the Block Overview.

This Topic is written for Reception. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: Racing cars

Check out the world’s top super-fast racing cars and time yourself against the clock to see how your wheels compare! Create your own car and road scenes as you race around different shaped tracks. Don’t forget to check in at the pit stop - who can change a tyre the fastest?

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02: Beautiful boats

Discover and learn about the huge range of beautiful boats, from supersized cruise ships to small rowing boats. Transport cargo and make rafts with your very own small world boats.

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03: Monster trucks

Watch these super trucks jump over and crush old cars with their huge tyres and supersized frames. Create your own obstacle courses large and small for monster trucks to complete; crash into cars on the number line and design your very own supersized truck.

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04: Mighty machines at the construction site

Have fun completing the foreman’s list of construction site jobs using mathematical language and problem solving skills as they work, all with the help of mighty construction machines!

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05: Train is a coming!

Let’s set off on a train adventure, will we go as fast as the bullet train? It is up to you! Share ideas, design and create your own station and train role-play as well as film your very own small world train stories.

Block F - Superhero Project

Who are the superheroes in your life? Why are they superheroes? Are you a superhero and why? This is a topic that focuses on the hero in all of us; a fun topic that focuses on ourselves, our families, superhero animals, superhero vehicles, the people around us who help us such as teachers, doctors, religious leaders, police and fire fighters.

What would your ideal playground look like? Work together as a class to improve your playground; organise fundraising opportunities in school and celebrate your achievements.

The Topic Overview outlines the outcomes and objectives of the whole topic, with more specific detail, including resources lists, provided in the Block Overview.

This Topic is written for Reception. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: Recipe for a playground

What are the ingredients to make an exciting playground? Decide on fundraising opportunities to improve an area in your playground.

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02: Playground problem solving

Have a go at playground problem solving by completing a series of maths challenges. Get ready for your fundraising event & carry out the fundraising day.

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03: Let's celebrate our achievments!

Hold a celebration for guests; take on different roles on the day. Tell the story behind the campaign & reveal the new area/equipment.

Block E - Superhero Animals

Who are the superheroes in your life? Why are they superheroes? Are you a superhero and why? This is a topic that focuses on the hero in all of us; a fun topic that focuses on ourselves, our families, superhero animals, superhero vehicles, the people around us who help us such as teachers, doctors, religious leaders, police and fire fighters.

Animals can be superheroes helping us in many ways; find out about the ways dogs are trained to help people with additional needs; find out about horses that work for us; make your own superhero animal from junk, paint, name and give it a super power; hold a superhero animal show and display your models.

The Topic Overview outlines the outcomes and objectives of the whole topic, with more specific detail, including resources lists, provided in the Block Overview.

This Topic is written for Reception. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: Dogs that help us

Find out about the ways dogs are trained to help people with additional needs & take part in activities blindfolded!

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02: Rescue pups

Watch a clip of ‘Paw Patrol’ the cartoon rescue pups. What do the paw patrol pups do? Talk about real life rescue dogs & police dogs.

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03: Blue horse

Read Eric Carle’s ‘The artist that created the blue horse. Create your own different horses painted in the wrong colours and find out how horses can help us.

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04: Not an ordinary dog

Binkie is not like ordinary dogs. Listen to the story of Binkie and learn about his hidden secret! Use your imagination & roll the superpower story cubes to create super animals stories and junk model animals.

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05: Super animal show

Hold a superhero animal show, displaying models. Ask another class to judge the animals on their superpowers.

Block C - Real Superheroes

Who are the superheroes in your life? Why are they superheroes? Are you a superhero and why? This is a topic that focuses on the hero in all of us; a fun topic that focuses on ourselves, our families, superhero animals, superhero vehicles, the people around us who help us such as teachers, doctors, religious leaders, police and fire fighters.

Superheroes are all around us! In school there are teachers, teaching assistants, cooks, lunchtime supervisors and outside school there are police, paramedics, doctors and religious leaders. Invite some of them in to tell you about their jobs, say thank you to them at a special banquet and make speeches telling them why they are superheroes to you.

The Topic Overview outlines the outcomes and objectives of the whole topic, with more specific detail, including resources lists, provided in the Block Overview.

This Topic is written for Reception. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: School superheroes

Who helps us in school? Find the Superheroes disguised as teachers, teaching assistants, cooks, lunch time supervisors. Interview and report back.

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02: Superhero 999

Who helps us in an emergency? Find out about the emergency services who answer a 999 call.

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03: Visit: Emergency Services vehicle

If possible-Visit to school of emergency services vehicle. Record visit in photos and paintings with written captions/narrative. Chronological report.

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04: Visit: Emergency Services personnel

If possible-Visit to school of emergency services personnel. Record visit in drawings with written captions/speech bubbles.

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05: Local superheroes!

Who helps us when we’re feeling ill? Find out about health care professionals. Read ‘Dr Dog’ by Babette Cole.

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06: Special superheroes!

Who helps us outside school? Find out about local faith leaders – the Vicar, Imam, Rabbi, Guru, Priest.

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07: Other local superheroes

Who helps us when our parents are unavailable? Appreciate other carers such as childminders and grandparents.

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08: We celebrate you!

Organise a special banquet and make speeches telling them why they are Superheroes.

Block B - My Super Family

Who are the superheroes in your life? Why are they superheroes? Are you a superhero and why? This is a topic that focuses on the hero in all of us; a fun topic that focuses on ourselves, our families, superhero animals, superhero vehicles, the people around us who help us such as teachers, doctors, religious leaders, police and fire fighters.

Focus on the key members of your family and what makes them your superheroes; draw, interview, paint and celebrate their special talents, qualities and what they do for you. Have a special art exhibition with an opening ceremony and invite your special people.

The Topic Overview outlines the outcomes and objectives of the whole topic, with more specific detail, including resources lists, provided in the Block Overview.

This Topic is written for Reception. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: Can you rescue Earth from the evil Zog?

Find a message from a superhero needing help, start to research superheroes and interview family members about which superhero they would want to be.

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02: Charlie's superhero underpants

Go on a superhero mission around school to find Charlie’s missing underpants!

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03: Incredible families

Watch a clip from The Incredibles and use small world models to create your own family rescue scenes.

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04: Superhero parade

Children dress up as their favourite superheroes, hold an art exhibition and play superhero guess who.

Block A - I'm A Superhero

Who are the superheroes in your life? Why are they superheroes? Are you a superhero and why? This is a topic that focuses on the hero in all of us; a fun topic that focuses on ourselves, our families, superhero animals, superhero vehicles, the people around us who help us such as teachers, doctors, religious leaders, police and fire fighters.

How can you bring out the superhero in yourself? Explore being the best you can be; why you are unique and special and how you can help your body be super strong and healthy, your brain super sparky and your actions super helpful. Draw self-portraits, take part in superhero training and a special superhero ceremony with medals and certificates.

The Topic Overview outlines the outcomes and objectives of the whole topic, with more specific detail, including resources lists, provided in the Block Overview.

This Topic is written for Reception. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: I Am Me!

Look carefully at ourselves: paint a self-portrait for the gallery; measure each other; and write description of yourself.

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02: Amazing Me!

Look at how your body works by investigating your 5 senses, bones, teeth, muscles, blood, heart and brain.

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02A: Amazing Me!

An alternative, shorter session investigating the 5 senses through popcorn.

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03: Unique Me!

What makes me, me? Personality, thinking ability, imagination, artistic ability and creativeness.

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04: Superhero Me!

Advice for Mr Couch Potato to help him develop into a superhero like us! 

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05: Special Me!

Time to celebrate with certificates and medals. Superheroes are the best they can be!